The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers pitching staff is off to a hot start this season, with the big righty Jon Perrin leading the way.
In my preview of the 2016 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers pitching staff, I wrote that Jon Perrin’s command last season was a promising sign for the soon-to-be 23 year old, given that the Brewers will be looking to move him quickly through the system to a team more suited for his age.
That command has continued in an even greater way in 2016, as Perrin has struck out 29 batters in 24 innings while walking zero batters. His inning and strikeout counts are tops in the Brewers system.
Perrin’s total lack of free passes has obviously translated into a ton of early success, with the tall righty holding hitters to a .245/.245/.298 slash line on a .344 BABIP, good for a 2.62 ERA (1.91 FIP).
If we include Perrin’s number’s from 2015, he now owns an insane 63:4 K:BB ratio as a member of the T-Rats.
Given his outstanding start, Perrin has to be the Brewers prospect who is the most poised for a promotion. Having pinpoint command serves exceptionally well in the lower levels of the minor leagues, and Perrin has little more to prove in Class A.
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In his 14 strikeout performance, Perrin threw over 75% of his 90 pitches for strikes, allowing six hits and two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. His opponents simply appeared overmatched. Given Perrin’s college experience, he certainly seems ready to face more advanced opponents.
Additionally, the High-A Brevard County Manatees are 3-11 and could certainly use Perrin, as their 4.06 team ERA and 3.9 BB/9 are each the third worst in the run-suppressing Florida State League. That’s not to say that the Brewers particularly care about their minor league teams’ records, but it could mean a scuffling player gets sent down to Wisconsin.
There are a few noteworthy pitchers who have struggled early on with the Manatees, but players in the minor leagues are not demoted all that frequently, so Perrin may have to wait for an injury or a move further up in the system in order to find himself in Florida. Either way, it appears Perrin will be more than ready for the increased challenge.